Wednesday's Link Attack: Sung Kim, Sung Kang, NK Soccer

Obama’s nomination for Seoul envoy ‘great choice’: U.S. ambassador
Yonhap News

Outgoing U.S. ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens praised President Barack Obama’s nomination of Korean American Sung Kim to be the new ambassador. Kim will be the first Korean-American to hold the post.

“I think President Obama made a great choice,” U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Stephens said in an article she posted on her embassy’s blog. “I’ve worked with Sung Kim for years and I know him to be a talented diplomat who will work tirelessly to strengthen the U.S.-ROK (South Korea) relationship.”

Actor Sung Kang Beneficiary of Affirmative Action In Hollywood?

Tom Jane tells movie blog Collider he was fired from his role opposite Sylvester Stallone because producer Joel Silver said the buddy cop flick needed an ethnic actor.

Well, Joel Silver came onboard the project and said that he has a quote-unquote ‘formula’ for these quote-unquote ‘buddy movies’ and it has to be a white guy and a quote-unquote ‘ethnic guy.’ And they relieved me of duty and basically paid me off, which I was really upset about, you know? I didn’t get a call from Stallone. I was a little upset about that. Maybe they didn’t want anybody on the movie with a bigger dick than him.

North Korea, Russia abandon plans for Kim meeting

The leaders of North Korea and Russia appeared Wednesday to have canceled plans for a summit in the Far East when the Kremlin said President Dmitry Medvedev had no meetings scheduled with Kim Jong-il.

Battle over shark fin soup heats up in California
Los Angeles Times

Environmental groups are pushing the California Legislature to ban the sale and possession of shark fins, causing an emotional split among Chinese Americans for whom shark fin soup is a traditional delicacy.

North Korean Coach Gives Electrifying Excuse for Loss to US in Women’s World Cup
Fox News

1.21 gigawatts? The reason North Korea’s women’s soccer team lost to the United States 2-0 on Monday was because they were still recovering from the effects of being struck by lightning, according to The Guardian (U.K.).

Kim Kwang Min told bemused reporters in the German city of Dresden that several players, including the goalkeeper, were still suffering the ill-effects of being struck by lightning.

The incident apparently happened during a practice session in North Korea on June 8, leaving more than five players hospitalized, Kim said.

“When we stayed in Pyongyang during training there was an unexpected accident so our team was not capable of playing,” he told Tuesday’s post-match press conference. “Our players were hit by lightning during a training match.”

Ex-S.Korea footballer admits match-fixing

Another South Korean footballer has admitted involvement in match-fixing, an official said Wednesday, joining other players ensnared in a scandal that has rattled the professional K-League.

Choi Sung-Kuk, a former national team forward, admitted his involvement in throwing games while playing for a military soccer team last year, said Ahn Ki-Heon, the K-League secretary-general.

Korean ‘Errand Men’ Operate In Shadows
Los Angeles Times

Landlords, businessmen, and even a Seoul city office, are turning to so-called errand men, hired street muscle, to resolve property disputes the police won’t, such as chasing away squatters or street vendors.

Random Web Site of the Week
Laura Morita Photography

I found this site while trolling Facebook. The photos just seemed to grab my attention.

Random Video

Check out this male cheerleader from China. He turned in the megaphone and slacks for a skirt and pom poms. The funny thing, he’s exquisite. Check out the video after the jump: